April 19th, 2010

The usual suspects

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Last week in several papers they were bemoaning the fact that the motorist pays higher fines than criminals.

This is not new. When I joined the job it took just a few appearances at court to realise that burglars & robbers were getting off much lighter than speeders.

The Daily Fail pointed out a recent case of a woman caught out by a Trading Standards sting who was fined £1,000 for selling a goldfish to a 14-year-old, though what this has to do with motorists fines I’m not sure.

Anyway, apparently the average fine at magistrates court for 2008 was £75. Violence was £210, burglary £147, theft £95, damage £120, drugs £106 fraud £195.

A parking infringement on London earns a £120 ticket. Speeding tickets start at £60 but can earn a significantly higher penalty at court.

The theory goes that most people who commit crime haven’t got much money so there’s no point in fining them a lot as the simply won’t be able to pay, whereas the motorist who gets caught has a job & is an easy victim/cash cow to boost central funds.

It’s been like that for the last 30 years to my knowledge, its not right but neither is it news.

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